Full Name: Guillermo Varela Olivera
Height: 1.71 m
Nationality: Uruguay
Date of Birth: March 24, 1993 (24)
Weight: 70 kg
2nd Nationality: Italy
Birthplace: Montevideo
Foot: Right

Guillermo Varela

Guillermo Varela (born 24 March 1993) is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a right back for Manchester United.

Officially the first signing of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Youth Career

Started his career with Penarol.


Made his senior debut for his hometown club in June 2011, in a 1–0 home defeat against Racing Club de Montevideo on the last matchday of Uruguayan Primera División.

Manchester United

Had a two-week trial with Manchester United after an impressive performance at the 2013 South American Youth Championship.

Manchester United announced they had reached an agreement to sign Varela from Peñarol in June 2013 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around €2.8 million.

This made his David Moyes’s first signing for Manchester United.

Real Madrid B (loan)

Joined Real Madrid reserve side Real Madrid Castilla for season-long loan in 2014 where he played 33 games for the Spanish team.

He was also included in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League squad for the first team.

Return to Manchester United

Made his first team debut in December 2015, as a substitute for Paddy McNair in a goalless draw against West Ham United.

Started his first game three days later in the Champions League defeat to VfL Wolfsburg.

Scored an injury-time winner to win Manchester United Under-21s the 2015–16 U21 Premier League title.

Not included in the first team squad for the club’s summer tour of China.

Eintracht Frankfurt (loan)

Joined Frankfurt on a season long loan in July 2016.

Following an injury hit season, he was expected to start against Dortmund in the German Cup Final. However, his loan was terminated after he went against club rules and got a tattoo.


Represented Uruguay at Under-17 and Under-20 levels.

Played at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, where the team finished as the runners-up.

Received his first call-up to the Uruguay senior squad in March 2016 but failed to make his debut.

Club career
Years Teams Apps Gls
2010-13 Penarol  1  (0)
2013- Manchester United U23 (Youth)  32  (2)
2014-15 --- Real Madrid Castilla (Loan)  33  (1)
2016- Manchester United  11  (0)
2016-17 --- Frankfurt (Loan)  10  (0)
National team
2008 Uruguay U17  9  (0)
2011 Uruguay U20  16  (0)


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